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Alan Mislove

Northeastern University’s Computer Sciences professor, Alan Mislove, came up with a unique idea for an app. He didn’t stop there, however. He actually made the app come true. It’s called ‘Friendlist Manager’ and makes your social network experience much easier and hassle-free.   What it does is use the concept of network information to study the friends in your list and how they are, in turn, connected...

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predictable

Albert-László Barabási is a popular network scientist, who writes books on some of the most intriguing topics. In fact, the latest book of this Northeastern University’s scientist focuses on how much human behaviour is predictable. The book ‘Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do’ and its publication, was preceded by a web experiment, which will sort of explain how networking basically works.   This web experiment...

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We have often heard terms like cloud computing and the Internet of Things without quite understanding them until and unless you have a solid computer software background. Yet, these terms are changing our daily lives. Cloud computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage and computing power, without direct active management by the user. In layman’s terms, in cloud computing, the...

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hashtag

You might be aware of the social media campaign started by the New York Police Department under the hashtag #MyNYPD. The Department announced on its Twitter to use this hashtag while tweeting their photos with police officers. It was merry for a whole, with a handful of people sharing pretty harmless pictures with officers. However, the tide turned when the hashtag got hijacked. In an...

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Social Media

Social media is one of the largest and the most important parts of today’s modern life. We create our social images through various sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. Northeastern University’s ‘College of Science’, a trio of social media experts (Jeff Cutler, Lisa Van Der Pool, Todd Van Hoosear) discuss about a few regulations of these various platforms.   Firstly, the experts discuss the serious objectives of...

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wireless

Almost all wireless carriers admit that they slow down the speed of internet for video streaming, claiming it to be a necessary practice in order to control network congestion. This process is called throttling. According to David Choffnes, an associate professor of computer and information science at the Northeastern University, carriers throttle videos all the time, even when networks are not overloaded. According to his study, a...

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building-network

Our world is full of networks. Our social networks are abstract, but others, such as the circuitry in our brains or the underground networks of fungi that trees use to communicate, have to exist physically. All brain regions are interlinked, forming one complex integrative system which is crucial for healthy cognitive functioning. Exactly how functional networks emerge and how robust they are is still unknown.   Physical networks, which...

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As more and more wearable, internet-connected devices hit the market, it’s clear that we’ll need to find better ways to protect our personal data.   Smart watches and pacemakers are devices designed to make life easier. And yet, all this wearable technology can be hacked. The devices send personal health information to your smartphone over the airways, so anyone with the know-how could scoop it up and...

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